Swiss Press Award 21 Yearbook


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2021.

ISBN: 9783958298842 Category:

Michael von Graffenried


The Swiss Press Award 21 Yearbook presents the most exceptional Swiss journalism from 2020. The first part of the book “Swiss Press Award 21” showcases this year’s winners of Switzerland’s national media award, which honours outstanding journalism across all media and is presented annually by the independent and non-profit Reinhardt von Graffenried Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of local, national and international reporting since its foundation in 2009. All award-winning contributions in the categories of Swiss Press Text, Swiss Press Online, Swiss Press Audio, Swiss Press Video and Swiss Press Local are here to discover in English, German, French and Italian.

The second and larger section “Swiss Press Photo 21” brings together the best Swiss photography of 2020, capturing the year’s formative events in complex and individualistic works selected by the international Swiss Press Photo jury in the categories of News, Daily Life, Swiss Stories, People, Sports and World.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20.2 x 28.6 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 7 October 2021
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Thomas Röthlin and Daniel Di Falco
Dimensions 20.2 x 28.6 cm
Weight 300 g


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Born in Bern in 1957, Michael von Graffenried, the founder and manager of the Swiss Press Award, began his career as an international photojournalist in 1978, and today concentrates on long-term projects in multiple media including billboards and film. His documentary film War without Images, produced with Mohammed Soudani, first screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2002. Von Graffenried has exhibited widely and his photographs are held in many permanent collections. His awards include a World Press Photo Award (1989), Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in the French Legion d'Honneur (2006) and the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize from the German Society of Photography (2010)-the third Swiss to obtain the award after René Burri and Robert Frank. Graffenried's books with Steidl are Bierfest (2014) and the upcoming Our Town.